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This picture has been in the news today. When a star like our sun runs out of fuel it can shed its outer layers and become a type of star called a white dwarf. In the future, maybe around 5 billion years from now, it is possible that a similar thing will happen to our sun.

The upshot, some of the staggering beauty, of this, is that everything I am, everyone I know, everywhere I have ever been may one day look like this;

Helix Nebula

As I sit here, that thought overwhelms me. Everything seems clear, or just unimportaint. It won’t last, but each time I feel closer to something. Closer to my surroundings, closer to defeating the walls that have built up around me. The walls of ignorance and fear which are the legacy of our evolution, culture and environment.

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